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Cabinet has approved amendments to the cyber crimes legislation to provide for sanctions against persons, who use electronic data to commit criminal acts.
The Bill has been drafted in response to the various crimes, largely attributed to the use of computer technology and the electronic environment of the Internet, Minister with Responsibility for Information and Telecommunications, Hon. Daryl Vaz, told journalists yesterday (Sept. 9) at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
“The legislation provides for legal sanctions for the criminal misuse of data and other computer-related crimes such as unauthorised access in general; unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of an offence; and interception, modification and interference with the integrity of the computer systems and data,” he explained.
The bill also seeks to address computer system sabotage and will make it an offence to make available, devices or data, for the commission of an offence under any law in Jamaica. The legislation is to be brought to the Houses of Parliament at the earliest date possible.
Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved amendments to the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act, to facilitate the introduction of sports betting, and the payment of a nine per cent gross profit tax on bets offered by licensees under the Act.
“That would speak to sports betting of any kind, which is something that has gone on without any regulation or taxes for quite a bit of time,” Mr. Vaz noted.
The amendments will also allow bookmakers to pay a total gross profit tax of 16.5 per cent, a reduction from the proposed 23 per cent.
In addition, approval was given for drafting instructions for the Mico University College Scheme Order 2006, to facilitate the inclusion of positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor; recognition of the position of professor; and to provide for the membership of the board of directors to comprise not more than 20 members.
As it relates to the Special Economic Zone that is to be established at Caymanas Estate in St. Catherine, Cabinet also approved the signing of a non-disclosure agreement by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda.
This is in place of the confidentiality agreement signed in July 2008, and the appropriate referencing of the agreement in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intercontinental Capital Works Worldwide Limited.

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